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Skier Takes Up Beekeeping

After ankle surgery in April, Chris Beckmann did what any Alpine racer in a walking cast would do: He took up beekeeping.

Beckmann and his brother read about beekeeping and decided to give it a try. They started the hive in a chest of drawers, then transferred it to a more traditional hive.

The video, naturally, is on YouTube. Note the professional beekeeping outfit -- jeans, hoodie with the drawstrings pulled tight and what appears to be duct tape around the wrists of his sweatshirt.

"I was stung a couple of times for sure," said Beckmann. "They seem to have taken to the hives well. There's honey, but we haven't taken any out yet. You're supposed to leave a certain amount in so the bees can survive the winter. I'm worried about the little guys, winter can be tough in Colorado, so I'm going to let them have all of it this winter."

By Tracee Hamilton  |  September 19, 2008; 9:30 AM ET
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Congratulations to Chris on discovering what has been, for my husband and me, one of the most rewarding and enjoyable hobbies we've ever tried.

If the cold is a concern, he might want to consider a Beemax hive. They are just like a standard Langstroth hive, except they're made of styrofoam instead of wood to keep the girls warm in the winter. We have four and have been very happy with them.

Posted by: Emily | September 23, 2008 12:23 AM | Report abuse

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